The Canadian government is providing up to $21.4 million to cover about 2,000 youth jobs in agriculture, the federal government says in a news release on May 5. The funding is being provided through the Youth Employment and Skills Program (YESP).
“By doubling our youth jobs program, we are providing thousands of young people with rewarding experiences that could lead to a career in agriculture,” Marie-Claude Bibeau, federal minister of agriculture and agri-food, says in the release. “In a time of labour shortages, this enhancement will also allow many employers to fill vacant positions.”
YESP’s goal is to support agri-food employers and provide young Canadians, between the ages of 15 and 30, with job experience in agriculture which could lead to a career working in the sector, the release notes. Last year the government invested $9.1 million in YESP, funding nearly 1,000 jobs.
Eligible applicants include producers, agri-businesses, industry associations, provincial and territorial governments, Indigenous organizations and research facilities, the release says. Funding can cover jobs between April 15, 2021 to March 31, 2022. Applications are available online.